The spinal discs are important shock absorbers that help to cushion the spine and allow for flexibility and movement. They are made up of a tough, fibrous outer layer that surrounds a gel-like inner layer. Disc bulges happen when the outer layer of the disc is damaged, which allows the inner layer to bulge out. This can put pressure on the surrounding nerves and cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the legs or arms, depending on the location of the bulge.
Disc bulges are extremely common, as the spine is constantly in use and is subject to wear and tear over time. It is also important to note that these can also occur in asymptomatic individuals, which is to say that just because you are diagnosed with a bulge, does not necessarily mean it is the cause of your pain.
We treat disc bulges much like we treat everything else; with a comprehensive approach that challenges you, but puts you on a fast track toward healing. Through a number of different mechanisms, our goal is to reduce pain and simultaneously increase the strength, mobility, and resiliency of your body. Additionally, during the early stages of recovery, it is important to find ways to stay active, such as low-impact, but challenging stimuli like sled pushes/pulls, neutral spine movements, upper body and cardio focused workouts that do not aggravate the injury. This allows you to maintain your overall fitness and well-being while you recover.